Rox at Pads, the “2nd Half” Begins

Tonight marks the traditional start of the second half of the saeon. Of course its not, we are well over 81 games, but teams all rest, reset rotations, call up kids over the long weekend for the second half run, and otherwise just retool. A lot is made of players post-All-Star break numbers, so this does matter.

 

For teams out of contention for a playoff spot (and with the 2nd WC, that includes everybody within less than 10 games of the Wild Card, they are simply playing for next season, for spots on the team. They are done with thinking October (aside from kids sports games).

 

For teams that are less than 10 but more than 5 games out, the next few weeks are important. Heading towards July 31the phones will be ringing, and for most clubs, selling makes sense if you are more than 5 out at that point (some argue 6 or 7 because the Cubs over-achieved in the 1st half as did Houston, teams built for 2016 and 2017. But I use 5. Otherwise you find yourself doing a Rocktober like thing and that was, statistically, impossible. By the end of July teams really look in the mirror and think about themselves this year…and next. For example, if the Rox think 2016 could be a legit team with all the young players seeing action later this year, they might hold onto an Asford. If not, you sell him and 2016 is a tryout and maybe even we get to see a hint of Zero at the end.

 

If you feel 2017 is a serious World Series run, you likely keep him and plan on a big contract year performance. As we are beginning to see now that the knee is sturdy and his timing is great, CarGo can win games for you with his glove, arm, and bat. I know a lot of us want to see youngsters and hype Dickerson or Blackmon. But really, can they do those three thing? Just hit…mostly. A healthy baseball tuned CarGo is a player you can make a 5-6 game difference over average players (I hate the WAR from almost everywhere because they allege no outfielder in Coors history has ever been good, but we know). Now, if you feel you can replace that with a platoon or a rising star, or get close, and there is a pitcher on the cusp of the majors who really looks like the real deal, then yes, you do that. I am not sure they are getting that type of player back.

 

As for Tulo, he’s staying, unless the Mets want to send us Matt Harvey. That was a quick phone call.

 

Others who might be playing for others will also be on display. I have to think if the Rox get a big offer for Blackmon you trade him now at his peak knowing you have some nice talent coming (Dahl and Tapia can both play center and Tapia has to be in New Britain soon). De La Rosa? The only guy to learn how to win at Coors? Again, has to be a big fat offer. My guess is that if he stays healthy and is at least 3rd starter quality, mid-2016 they give him 2 more years. He loves here, wants to win here. No reason he can’t be good in his later years, since it took him a while to get it figured out (and that folks, was playing for the Colorado Rockies, who ever heard that before).

 

After that not much to trade. Aside from DJ. I think he opened some eyes at the All-Star break. He hit the ball hard. This is not a typical 2nd bagger who slaps at it. Somewhere last August he found some power in his stroke. And who wouldn’t want a Gold Glove defender with years of control? Again though, he won’t be sold cheap. But I bet they get more than a few calls on Mr. All-Star. Who no one on the coverage knew about so they just skipped over it in the 1st and his second at-bat talked about his height the whole time like he was some exhibit at Barnum Bailey’s Circus. Disgusting.

 

So tonight, we get to see what might well be the start of the rotation order next Opening Day. De La Rosa and Bettis, and then…pray for rain.

 

Against him the Pads throw James Shields. Enough said. 4-2 likely outcome. Still think he should have been a Rockie. Oh well, what pitcher wants to be here, right?

 

Lineups Still Unannounced for some reason.

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Bill
Bill
5 years ago

They keep stats for everything these days. So maybe somebody knows how many times a Rockie has been thrown out on the bases this year. And I don’t mean a force out. I mean a bone-headed play, sometimes well-instentioned perhaps, like Cargo had in the first inning. It seems like at least once a game the Rocks.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Make that twice – in this game.

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Looks like everyone is still on ASG break. Incredibly dumb base running by Cargo, a terrible inning by DLR and “Flash” Stubbs gets caught with too big a lead. 0-2 with RISP in the first two innings. Aarggh….

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Every inning, two on but no find to show for it. Either TOOTBLAN or K kills the rallies.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

3rd inning. Much better. Nobody got thrown out on the bases!

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

And nobody could situationally hit with two guys on base with 1 out….

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

That’s 4 innings in a row 2 reached and nothing to show for it. Make it 5 innings in a row. Now it’s 6 of 7 that two reached and nothing to show for it.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

My pet peeve this year, when Rox fall behind more than 2 runs they shut down offensively.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

The worst base running performance in history of Rockies. Not 1, not 2, but THREE TOOTBLANs tonight.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

You gotta be kidding! Another friggen runner thrown out, Un friggen believable. They need to sweep house and get a whole new crew to run this organization. Or just build another party deck

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Rox 0 for 27 RISP the entire year at Petco!

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Dr. C, on DJ: “This is not a typical 2nd bagger who slaps at it. Somewhere last August he found some power in his stroke.” I’m afraid this is wishful thinking. DJ’s Isolated Power numbers starting in 2012: 2012: .114 2013: .082 2014: .081 2015: .088 Compare the ISO numbers for the typical little guys at 2B who slap at it (this season’s numbers): Kolten Wong: .154 Solarte (Pads): .137 Giavotella (Angels): .092 Infante: .072 (but career .116 — DJLM’s… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

Cargo’s gaffe should not happen it a little league game! Blackmon our best trade value with DJ second.Both positions have people in minors to fill slots and outfield depth probably our strongest position.Have read posts that Cubs/Mets interested in Charlie.We might have stolen an interesting arm with German.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

I’ve (mostly) stayed away from the the Weiss criticism. Not because I believe he doesn’t deserve it. I just think there are so many issues so much larger than Weiss that focusing on him is akin to taking your eyes off the target. But – as Ag and others note – it’s getting to the point that he needs to go simply for the honor of the game at the major league level. The team is so fundamentally unsound. I… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

BTW – every time someone mentions Todd Helton I puke a little bit.

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

I saw on MLBTraderumors.com that the Astros need a DH/1B. Maybe we can trade them Rosario.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Rosario or Cargo could fit with them. They’ve been generally frugal under the new(er) Management regime, but they did take on Evan Gattis this past off-season. They certainly have lots of depth on the Farm. They can afford to deal a young guy or two.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

I gave up after 10 or so. These base running gaffes are not the exception, they are the rule. And Cargo’s gaffe shouldn’t have happened because if he had busted out of the box when he hit the ball instead of admiring it he would have been at third when the ball bounced away from Kemp. The cardinal rule in baseball…”Don’t make the first or 3rd out at 3B”. But with one out that’s when you need to be aggressive.… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Bill, not only did the series sweep of the admittedly rebuilding Braves give false confidence – there was also apparently a pre-existing delusional confidence. Eddie Butler, expected to start on Sunday (and I’m ok with that, but why not Butler AND Gray? Do we really need to see another Kendrick start at this point? Shouldn’t be be the long reliever now since (1) he sucks (2) he won’t be back next year?), told the DP that Rox brass wanted him… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

There’s a razor thin line between delusional and just plain dumb.

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